Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel

Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel

by Kate Hewitt
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Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A reader does not want to close the Nook for the night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up far too late to finish the book. It was that good.
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Seps the coucho
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Julie and Lucy are sisters, but only in formality. They were not raised in the same home and only share the same crazy mother. When Lucy's life falls apart she decides to escape across the pond to a small town in England where her sister owns a B&B. As each of these sisters had very different but interesting relationships with their mother, I loved seeing both sides of the coin. Told through both of their points of view, I loved getting to see the story move forward piece by piece from both of the sisters. I appreciated that the author gave each sister their own story and both stories felt true. I actually loved both equally!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in a day, I couldn't put it down
judyx3 More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and the progression of the sisters' relationship with each other and others completely believable. Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a tough one to put down. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I hope there is a sequel to this book!!!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
A sweet book about two HALF sisters who get to know one another as adults. They've never spent any time together as children (there's an 11 year age difference) , and neither has had a truly loving relationship with the mother that gave birth to both of them. However, when Lucy finds a need to get away from Boston, she is surprised when Juliet offers to have Lucy come stay with her in Hartley-by-the Sea. It's a truly growing experience for them both. Great how the story goes back and forth between the two sisters. Really enjoyed the book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Juliet and Lucy are sisters that have been separated by their mother’s artistic career. Juliet stayed behind in England while Lucy went with her mother to America. But everything falls apart for Lucy when her mother gives a scathing review of her art. Heartbroken and lost she turns to Juliet. Juliet offers Lucy a part time job and to stay at her bed and breakfast in England. The problem is that Juliet and Lucy are complete opposites in personality. Lucy is bubbly and outgoing where Juliet is more personal and set to a rigid schedule. Lucy starts to wonder if it is worth her time to stay in Hartley-by-the-Sea and Juliet keeps asking herself why she offered to let Lucy stay there and ruin her schedules. Eventually the sisters start opening up to each other and even finding love. The best part of this book was the whole growth between Juliet and Lucy. Juliet reminded me of a grumpy old woman, set in her ways and not willing to step out of those paths. Lucy is such a free spirit that her clashing with Juliet was expected. And their mother was a royal pain in the butt but she was the glue between the girls. I really liked how each found some romance but it was off to the side as a bonus. I really enjoyed how it was more of a bonus to the real story. I admit that usually when I read the synopsis of books like this I roll my eyes and guess it’s going to be some mushy chick-read. This book really surprised me; it’s not your typical contemporary romance with flaky characters. I think that was because I feel like Juliet. Anyway, this is a great book and one that I hope you pick up. I’m excited to see what happens for Lucy and Juliet next. I received Rainy Day Sisters for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt is a novel any women's fiction reader will enjoy! Told in dual POV's (Juliet and Lucy's), it was easy to feel part of their world in small town England. Juliet and Lucy have nothing in common except that they are half sisters. They are so different, yet they are both struggling in their lives right now. I liked how their relationship started out in Rainy Day Sisters, and I really enjoyed watching it grow, as Juliet and Lucy navigated all sorts of emotions and happenings. I like how different these two women are, and how it is reflected not only in their every day lives, but in the bond that is very slowly, sometimes painfully, forged between them as they get to know one another. There is huge character growth in Rainy Day Sisters, and this affects not only their relationships but their outlook on life. I felt strongly that these two women were good for each other, despite the difficulties they encountered, and I really enjoyed this journey with them. I really felt that I was there with them in their small English Village, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen with them and the others in their lives. I enjoyed the unique secondary characters in this English village, they really helped bring the place to life and made me want to head straight there! The setting of this small village in England seems the perfect place for Lucy and Juliet's story to take place. There are some strong sub plots that flow nicely in with the main plot of Rainy Day Sisters, all of them relevant to Lucy and Juliet. I felt that these strengthened the characters and made the story more dimensional, adding believability to their lives. Rainy Day Sisters was a book that was easy for me to fall into and keep reading. The pace is good, and the writing flows off the pages. I'd recommend Rainy Day Sisters to any women's fiction reader!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Lucy Bagshaw’s life has been shattered by her mother’s embarrassing public commentary on Lucy’s art, the public response and Lucy’s boyfriend who drops her like a hot potato to protect his own children from the bad press circulating both online and print media. So Lucy decides to take a temporary receptionist position in a school in Hartley-By-The-Sea and live with her half-sister, Julie, for the duration. But the welcome she receives is less than lukewarm, in fact downright cool. Add to that the fact that Lucy’s new boss, Alex, is sexy hot in looks but colder than stone in professional affect. The weather is cold and bleak on most days, albeit the good days are glorious and gorgeous. So much for a happy escape for Lucy! This is the story of how Lucy and Juliet learn to become true sisters, but initially there’s nothing easy. Juliet feels even more hated by their mother, artist Fiona, and is angry at and jealous of Lucy who supposedly got all the mothering Juliet never had. Juliet runs a bed and breakfast business but that’s about all the socializing she’s done in the ten years she’s been a resident in Hartley. However, that’s about to change as Lucy, despite constant disappointments, is a hopeless optimist and easily makes friends. Lucy’s also got a soft spot for many of the troubled kids in the school where she works. Lucy’s compassion also extends to her boss, Alex’s children who are really hurting since the death of their mother two years earlier. Her efforts with one of them will open up a whole new world. Lucy’s outgoing nature will change Juliet’s world as well, forcing her to open up to new friends and neighbors in small increments that will be the beginning of a far better life. Rainy Day Sisters… is a lovely read that is full of secrets to be learned, healing to happen and a beautiful environment in which all good things will emerge for those willing to move past self-imposed boundaries. Nicely crafted, indeed, Kate Hewitt! Recommended contemporary fiction and romance fiction reading for sure!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, August 8, 2015 Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt, © 2015 Rainy Day Sisters is set in the fictional village of Hartley-by-the-Sea. Come along as we explore this just released novel! ...beautiful places can be found just about anywhere, if you have the heart to look for them --author Kate Hewitt, beautiful places Kate Hewitt I am newly discovering Kate's writings. Profusely beautiful in expression of what might be missed in a day. I like the descriptiveness as if you are a passenger able to take in the countryside. A long journey to leave yourself behind? Four months could stretch out beyond expectations as unknown clues unravel. What would it be like to finally reach your destination and pick up a new beginning? Lucy Bagshaw is about to find out as she joins her half sister, Juliet, and begins a new job, filling in for four months at a primary school. How hard could that be? Alternating chapters give each of Lucy and Juliet's thoughts as they adjust to being "sisters-close-up." Lucy, the newcomer, learning the flow of Juliet's home with her two rescue dogs. Comical how with decisions to be made, diversions become time to walk the dogs. I like how they get to know each other. “Because I’m living with you, and I realize I don’t even know you, not really. We’re sisters—” “Half sisters.” It popped out before Juliet could keep herself from it, and Lucy blinked, clearly stung. “Half sisters,” she agreed, “but we’re the only siblings we’ve got—” “True enough, I suppose.” --Rainy Day Sisters, 29 Juliet has a bed-and-breakfast ~ Tarn House ~ so a social place in the village as walkers or hikers stopover. Surrounded by farms and hillsides, Hartley-by-the-Sea, population fifteen hundred, is a quaint, quiet seaside village with passers-by enjoying the northern England countryside. A lot of rainy tea-drinking days interfold these two sisters as they become acquainted as adult women. One with everything orderly and the other with self-expression floating about. They balance each other in a certain way, bringing out the characters of others in their vicinity. Juliet has been here ten years and finds Lucy able to bring others out within her few months ~ mainly because she asks them questions. I am hoping these families will continue in the following stories, and this is just an introduction to them. I liked the openness in which the characters are eventually able to express themselves, after routine days, one after the other, mundane in themselves. Likely, because someone cared to ask and involve themselves in their lives. Especially with the gathering at the pub for the monthly quiz. That sounded like fun ~ sort of like a trivia contest. ***Thank you to author Kate Hewitt for inviting me to read and review the first book in her new series, Hartley-by-the-Sea, and to the publisher, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, for sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book - couldn't put it down. Beautiful, yet heart wrenching story of two sisters. It has some nice descriptions and I loved how the characters were built. I really want to know more about them and the whole town. Can't wait to read more from this author!